A successful hunt: How Baker Lake hunters got their bowhead

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By David Venn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Two days before hunters from Baker Lake caught a 14-metre bowhead whale for their community, they almost gave up.

They had been stationed at Naujaat’s elders cabin for nearly three weeks, a few crew members had left because of personal matters and their hunt was impeded by rainy, stormy weather — morale was low.

“We were just about to prepare [for] home and I talked to the crew,” captain Philip Putumiraqtuq told Nunatsiaq News.

Then, he said to the hunters: “We can try again. We’ll try again before we go home.”

Baker Lake was one of two communities that received a bowhead tag this year, and set out on their hunt July 27 and had a little more than a month to catch one. Coral Harbour was the other, and hunters in that community caught their bowhead whale on July 10.



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